Advancing Nursing Research in the Visual Era: Reenvisioning the Photovoice Process Across Phenomenological, Grounded Theory, and Critical Theory Methodologies

Evans-Agnew, Robin A. PhD, RN; Boutain, Doris M. PhD, RN; Rosemberg, Marie-Anne S. PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000159
Original Articles

Photovoice is a powerful research method that employs participant photography for advancing voice, knowledge, and transformative change among groups historically or currently marginalized. Paradoxically, this research method risks exploitation of participant voice because of weak methodology to method congruence. The purposes of this retrospective article are to revisit current interdisciplinary research using photovoice and to suggest how to advance photovoice by improving methodology-method congruence. Novel templates are provided for improving the photovoice process across phenomenological, grounded theory, and critical theory methodologies.

Photovoice employs participant photography for advancing voice, knowledge, and transformative change among marginalized groups. Paradoxically, this research method risks exploitation of participant voice because of weak methodology to method congruence. The purposes of this retrospective article are to revisit current interdisciplinary research using photovoice and to suggest how to advance photovoice by improving methodology-method congruence. www.advancesinnursingscience.com

Nursing and Healthcare Leadership Program, School of Nursing, University of Washington Tacoma (Dr Evans-Agnew); School of Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle (Dr Boutain); School of Nursing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Dr Rosemberg).

Correspondence: Robin A. Evans-Agnew, PhD, RN, Nursing & Healthcare Leadership Program, University of Washington Tacoma, Box 358421, 1900 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402 (robagnew@uw.edu).

The authors acknowledge the organizers and participants at the 6th In Sickness and in Health International Conference, Palma, Mallorca, 2015, for their feedback on an earlier draft of the manuscript.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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